I just recently had them in June. It was my first time and I don’t know if it takes more than one treatment? I suffer more than 20 days a month with migraines and the neurologist is reluctant to try pain meds even though I'm struggling to even sleep a full night without waking up vomiting.
Yes I have had a complete round of Botox injections in my head and neck, that's 32 shots. Idk if my Dr. was nuts or I was for letting him do it. Not only was it painful as all get out, I had to stop to get a pain shot from the botox shots. OMG it was awful. Then for 1 1/2 months I could not move my neck without sharp pain and the nausea almost killed me. I could not eat or brush my teeth because my neck wouldn't move and when I tried to move my neck the nausea flattened me. I was really sick for a solid month and a half. And I still had migraines. Go figure.
Now I have a new Dr. and he said that 32 shots was way to much and wants to do it again and I told him to just forget about it. I feel like I am a professional puker these days. Sleep sucks as well. Good Luck S40R733
Yes, the Botox has helped me tremendously. I've been getting injections every 10 weeks for the past 3+ years. The first time it didn't work. The next time, the doctor doubled the amount and it worked great. Also it can take several times to get the full benefit. They say that it takes 4 to 14 days to work. Mine always take about 15 days to work, which my doctor said that another woman told him the same thing. I would try it again. The person above who had so many problems is indicative of a doctor that doesn't know what they are doing. I have quizzed my Botox doctor a number of times about side effects, which he said that very occasionally someone will have a neck problem for a few days afterwards, but that's it. He has 14 years of experience giving Botox injections at a major university medical system, one of the best in the country. Also I would consider nerve block and trigger point injections which also help me. Good luck.
I have had migraine headaches for 18 years. I have had many many different medications over the years and the last year I started having hemi-plegic migraines, which mimic stroke symptoms.
My neurologist is in general neurology, although he has been treating my migraines, and asked if I would go see a headache specialist for another opinion. I did. Now, both doctors will not give me any other refills on medications that I use when a migraine comes on, UNLESS I take botox shots first. They have stated there is no other therapy that will work.
I'm shocked. I trusted my doctor and if I don't do the botox, he will refuse treatment. I don't know what to do. I have done research on the internet about botox and I am very sensitive to medications. This procedure hasn't been on the market that long and I don't believe they have done enough research to solidify that it works, considering they haven't pinned down why migraines happen. I suffer from CHD and hemi-plegic migraines. And am on disability because they are so constant and occur sometimes without warning, I cannot work. I would like to know if anyone has suggestions.
I got my first injection middle of August and noticed no difference until the middle of October when the migraines just stopped. So for the last three months I've had very few migraines (I used to get 4-5 a week) and I am ready to call it a success. The shots were not painful. C'mon compared to a migraine? Some of the comments here make me wonder if people are suffering from extreme sensitivity to pain rather than migraines. It is true though that I am seeing a reputable neurologist who does nothing but inject BOTOX for a variety of neurological conditions, so maybe that is the difference. Also, my insurance does cover the treatment. I had to document that I had tried 3-4 other classes of medicines. I went through this process under the guidance of my neurologist.
For the record the drugs I tried either didn't work, worked for only a short period, and/or gave horrible side effects (topamax (made me dumb), nortriptyline (horrible anxiety), propranolol (exercise intolerance), acetazolamide (worked for a while but built up a tolerance)). I would recommend giving BOTOXa try if you suffer from chronic migraines. The only side effect has been loss of a wrinkle across my forehead. Wonderful!
I had my first botox injections for migraines one month ago. Thus far I have felt no relief and continue to suffer almost daily and am awaken many times with a pounding migraine. I've had to miss work and social events for over 20 years and am praying that these injections will hopefully kick in. Someone please tell me it works!
I would like to know if you have to take days off at work?
I'm 52 years old. When I was a kid my mom used to give me Anacin for my headaches (for those of you who are old enough to remember it). So, I've been a Migraneur for well over 40 years. I get between 15-20 of them a month. I've tried everything. Relpax, Frova, Maxalt, Zomig, Imitrex 5mg Nasal Spray (because there has been a nationwide shortage of the 20mg since July). I also take 300mg of topamax daily for "prevention."
Even when I don't have a migraine, I'm always on edge that I'm going to get one or I feel a rumbling that one is going to show up.
For the past several years I've been using Imitrex Statdose 6mg, which works, BUT, the injection is really painful (I do it in my hip) and, if you can believe this, it makes the migraine worse before it makes it better!! Then, it knocks me out. I also take SOMA (carisoprodol) because The muscles in my neck and shoulders get really tight and start spasming from the stress of the migraine. I also take phenagran for nausea.
Finally, my PCP suggested that I consult with a neurologist for Botox because he was concerned about the amount of imitrex I was taking, and the high amount of topamax I was taking wasn't working. Since I have over 15 migraines a month, I qualify. It only took 48 hours for my insurance to approve - I have Medicare - I'm disabled due to migraines.
I had my first round of injections ten days ago. My neurologist said it could take two days to two weeks to take effect, and I should be migraine-free for three months, and I made an appointment for April. Two days later - no migraine!! I was migraine-free for ten days!!
Until yesterday afternoon - a migraine showed up. It was Big, Bad, and Ugly!! I'm really, really disappointed!!! And, scared that I'm back to Square One!!
My 17 year old daughter has debilitating migraines. She has been struggling with them for 5 years. Her body has started to desplay dislike with the pain by having arm and leg tremors. She is unable to walk and school is difficult. The neurologist at the children's hospital stared her on Botox in Sept.2015 within 3 days she was talking without any assistance. But it worked for only 9 weeks and the next was 10 months. She does get 31 needles 150 units of Botox around the forehead, back of the neck, and back of the head. It has given back her life. It would just be nice to find her help during the 3-2 weeks that it doesn't work for. Anyone have any ideas? The doctors will only give Botox every 12 weeks. She wants to go to university next year but how do you do that when your body stops working for a couple of weeks.
I have suffered with horrible migraines since I was about the age of 13. I am now almost 34. I have tried everything under the sun to rid myself of these terrible things and I have to say Botox taken with additional preventative medication works pretty well for me. I see the neurologist who specializes in migraines and headaches and he administers the injections.
Does it hurt? No, it is a very fine needle that barely goes in, just deep enough to squeeze in a little Botox. If you have ever had acupuncture, which also works for some people with migraines, it feels much the same.
How long does it last? I am usually good for about 2 to 2.5 months towards the end my migraines tend to flair up.
Preventative medication? I know there are a lot of anti medication people out there and I don't want to put drugs in my body... Blah blah blah. But I don't want a darn head ache so I take a few of them. I take Topamax, Baclofen and Memantine. The combination doesn't always prevent a migraine. Yes, there are days where I am sick nauseated and my vision is so blurry I can't keep my eyes open, but most days it does.
What migraine medication do you use to stop a headache? Each Doctor is different, I tired medications and they worked for a while and they did great and then pooped out on me and stopped working. You name it I tired. On numerous occasions I would end up in urgent care getting a shot of Sumatriptan and a dose of zofran because my meds didn't work and I was barfing on the waiting room floor.
So, my doc said, "Hey... How about we send you to a headache clinic and then you can give yourself a shot whenever you get a migraine?"
You give yourself a shot?
Yes, the Sumatriptan injection is super easy to give. It is much like a pen that a diabetic uses to draw blood to be tested. It's quick and easy. No needles to worry about, medication to measure and it comes in a carrying case that you can just toss in your purse.
Well I know that was a ton to read. But I hope I gave some info to my fellow migraine peeps. Keep your head up:)
I would suggest botox treatment for migraine as the best choice. I had severe headaches and doctor after diagnosing said that it is because of migraine.Took too many capsules for instant reliefs. But I couldn't see any changes in my situation. Parents were very much worried regarding the high dose capsule intake. Cousin suggested me to go for a therapeutic botox at Brampton. It brought wonderful changes to my life. Now I am totally free from my migraine problem.
Botox takes about 20 minutes but is well worth trying if you are experiancing chronic migraines. I get 31 shots every 3 months and they hurt, but the pain goes away quickly. The success rate for botox is around 50% and you must try 2 preventitave migraine medicines to apply for botox. Anyone with serious chronic migraines knows the pain they will go through for a 50% chance of stopping those migraines, is far beyond the pain of botox, or really any pain for only 20 minutes. Botox signifigantly improved my health when I had severe chronic migraines and nausea every day. Dont be afraid to bring this treatment up with your doctor.
Yes, I have been receiving them for 2 years now. I used to miss at least a week of work, and I'd also work with chronic migraines another 10 days out of the month. When I first started getting the injections, I had been dealing with an intractable migraine for over a month! Now - I get the injections every 9 weeks, and I only get maybe 3-4 migraines in a month, and none of them have lasted days on end. It has been a major life changer for me! So worth it.
I see there are many responses and I am so very sorry I don't have time to read them all but wanted to give you my experience. I had Botox by a neurologist who specializes in Botox for migraine. I had them every 3 months on forehead only. I truly wanted them in the back of my neck just below my skull since that is where my migraine begins before running up to my forehead and eye but my treating neurologist said they absolutely would not give Botox in the neck. I had them for about a year with no noticeable relief but my forehead was beautifully smooth and wrinkle free so I kept them up. Then one time a different neurologist shot me and I could tell immediately that he didn't know what he was doing. Soon my eyelids drooped and I could barely see. I called and they denied that Botox could have caused my eyelids to droop but I researched and they lied to me. They also refused to give me more Botox not that I would have.
It's been 3 or 4 years and it is slightly better but I have deep wrinkles over my eyebrows from having to physically lift my eyebrows so that I can see and let some light in. I can no longer read because my eyes are so closed I just fall asleep. Plus I have Blepharitis now (due to my Sarcoidosis)which I can't get rid of so they won't discuss eyebrow lift. I personally believe eyebrow lift would hasten a cure of the Blepharitis. But what do I know. I'm a lowly patient. But it was their fault and I think they should fix it. Just beware that it CAN happen if you don't have a TRUE specialist.
Can anybody tell me if the Botox shows up in the blood stream?
I have been getting them for 3 yrs now. I felt no difference from them at first. I still had just as many painful migraines! But, I decided I would give it a fair chance. So I continued it for a year (every 3 months 31 shots). After the one year of them, I found dramatic relief! I couldn't believe it! I went from 22 severe migraines a month to maybe 4 every 3 months! I have tried everything under the sun and this is the only success I have found! Please give it a fair chance. I am grateful I did! The only thing is I go every 3 Mo, but about 2 wks before they are due again, the migraines start back. I guess the Botox is wearing off. But that's pretty much when I get the 4 migraines. Other than that, they are the most painful, excruciating shots ever! Almost worth being sedated for! I guess the scalp is so sensitive and that's why. I pray the shots work for you!
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